Cuticle layer of a plant

Cuticle layer of a plant

The cuticle of a plant can be found on the surface of the epidermis of its leaves. In this picture it would be a waxy protective film that is covering the leaves. The cuticle is created by the epidermal cells and consists of lipid and hydrocarbon polymers filled with wax. This creates and extremely hydrophobic layer on the leaf’s surface functioning as a permeability barrier for water and a self defense mechanism resisting against cells of virus, bacteria, and fungi from entering the leaf.

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